Asides

Prayers from the past

From June 10, 2005

It’s a blur, a mist, a memory, as my life unfolds before my eyes. So tired, so weary, yet living, breathing I am sustained. For every breath is a blessing from Him. What’s happening to me? Inside, around me, things are still going. I am not standing still yet I don’t understand. How can people depend on me? I am ears, eyes, understanding… but hands, feet, mouth? I don’t feel it now. Alone yet with. Together yet issolated. Community yet solitude. Where am I and what do I want? Awake or asleep? Freedom or control? How do I know? Listen, watch… hear see… feel, understand… experience, believe…
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Spirituality and mystery – J. Steven Harper

Western theology tends to minimize mystery and maximize analysis. If we are not careful, we lose the sense of the sacred which must always attend the theological task… We are dealing with a mystery too large for our minds or our pens. The preservation of a sense of holiness and reverence about all this is something we dare not lose. To do so would be to turn spirituality into something more akin to an element than an encounter.

J. Steven Harper

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Sharing in the divine life of the Creator

According to an old European mystery tradition that goes back to Plato, all created things share in the divine life of the Creator. In fact it was the Creator’s desire to share and expand that divene life that resulted in in creation. In a sense, by creating the planets, stars, elements, animals, human beings, all wildlife, and all the spiritual entities that exist, the Creator multiplied the forms, shapes, and possibilities for divine ife to manifest and experience itself.

Another way to put it is that divine life is such a good thing that even the Creator yearns for it, yearns to have it more abundantly, and so allows it to spill over and flow out and reshape itself in the varied forms of physical life that make up our universe. And the result is that the Creator finds all things not only good but also lovable.

God yearns for the goodness in us, in nature, and in all things, and loves it.
-tom cowan, Yearning for the Wind

Thomas Moore on books

“I wish I had all the books I have ever owned, because I’m beginning to see that any book might offer just one thread in the tapestry of understanding, and that that one thought or image is worth the poundage and price of a book. Nor is meaning enough to explain the preciousness of a single book, for there is something about the mere existence of a book on the shelf that makes it a treasure and helps enchant one’s life and home. ” – Thomas Moore